Thanks for the love! {Weekly infertility link-up #43}

I just wanted to do a quick post and say thank you to everyone who has emailed and tweeted me prayers and encouraging words during the past few days. I’ve even received some cards and packages from a few of you, and I intend to thank you individually in the next few days. I’m not quite ready to write an update on the results of our IVF cycle, but I promise I will soon. (I don’t intend to be dramatic or vague– I just need to process some things before I write. Thanks for understanding).

goodies from my friends Jess and Elisha

goodies from my friends Jess and Elisha

In the meantime, please link up your best blog posts from the past week or so in the link up below!

Here’s How It Works

  1. Use the blue “Click Here to Enter” link below to share your best infertility-related post from the last week or so. I’ve started things off by linking to my favorite post from this week.
  2. Please remove any profanity from the title of your link-up submission.
  3. At the bottom of your post, please link back to my blog so others can find the link-up. You can use the button below, if you wish. A text link is fine, too.
  4. Please visit at least one other blog in the link-up and leave a comment there. This is so important because the goal of a link-up is to generate community!
AmateurNester



Most Encouraging Blog Posts of the Quarter

Every three months I post a list of my favorite blog posts from the last quarter.  This quarter, I focused on posts that will hopefully encourage you in your faith as you wait and hope.  Enjoy!

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Best Post to Read If a Major Birthday is Making Infertility Harder

Natasha Metzler with So Lord, I’m Turning Thirty and I Still Don’t Have Babies

Best Post on Complicated Loss

The Carry Camp with When the Lord Takes Away

Best Post on Perspective

Kristen Welch via InCourage with Nothing is Wasted

Best Post on Waiting and Hoping

Holley Gerth via InCourage with When Your Hopes Seem to Be on Hold

Best Post on Acceptance

Justine Brooks Froelker via Huffington Post with Acceptance in Infertility: 9 Untruths in the ‘Never Give Up’ Message

Best Post on Unanswered Prayers

Wynne Elder via The Carry Camp with When God Says No

Best Post on Risk and Faith

Sara Hagerty via InCourage with Are We too Careful With Our Faith?

Best Video Series on Waiting

Jay & Katherine Wolf with Redefining Waiting

Best Post About Weakness

Brandy from A Sweet Aroma with Is Strength the Goal?

Do you have a favorite encouraging blog post from the last 3 months? Feel free to share a link to your own blog or someone else’s in the comments below.  

Photo courtesy of Nigel Lo via Unsplash.  This post is linked up at Monday’s Musings // Mommy Moments // Modest Monday // Mama Moments Monday // Making Your Home Sing // Sharing His Beauty

Infertility and Friendship: Cam & Simone’s Story

Each week I interview someone who has experienced infertility firsthand.  This week, I’m chatting with Cam and Simone from Bubbles and Bumps.  They talk about going through infertility together, co-authoring a blog, and keeping friendship alive when one friend gets pregnant.  Enjoy!

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Q. Tell us a little about yourselves.

Simone: I’m a 35-year-old British TV producer born in Liverpool but now I live in LA and love it here. I’ve been married nearly 3 years and started writing Bubbles and Bumps with Cam when we were both struggling to conceive at the same time. I also started an online health business, as I’m passionate about fitness, meditation and yoga. I’m also obsessed with food (secretly that’s why I’m really friends with Cam as she’s an amazing chef!). I also have a Yoga Alliance 200-hr yoga teacher training qualification.

Cam:  I’m a 35-year-old Southern Cali girl who grew up in the O.C., got a BA in Communications at UCSB, then moved to LA in 2001. I grew up in a very non-traditional American family, being that my father is from Germany and my mother from Indonesia. This gave me the passion for traveling, food, and culture. After over a decade of working in the TV production world, I recently transitioned my career path to becoming a private chef (I previously was in culinary school). I love my new creative outlet! I met my husband at work, and we got married in 2013 and had been trying to have a baby all last year. We encountered many bumps in the road and through the help of my very good friend, Simone, we put our heads together and started writing about our stories and our research in fertility. I am fortunate to say that the IVF route paid off for us and we are expecting a baby girl this July. The worries are still never-ending.  [Read more…]

And Then There Were 8 {Infertility Link-Up}

Last week I posted about the miraculous news we got at our embryo transfer.  A few days later, we got even more good news.  In addition to the two embryos we froze on the day of the transfer, our RE was able to culture out and freeze 6 more!!  That means we have a total of 8 frozen embryos.

We are just astounded at this news.  We waited 8 months between this cycle and our previous cycle, each day believing that we were incapable of producing healthy embryos that made it to 5 days.  We spent 8 months mentally preparing for this cycle to be our last attempt at a genetic child (at least for the foreseeable future).  Eight months hoping for just one to transfer and one to freeze.

And then, suddenly, we have 8.

We have no doubt that all your prayers played a huge part in this.  We know we still have a long way to go, but we feel like we have seen a small miracle in this.  We know this cycle could still fail.  But we also feel tremendous relief knowing that our journey is not yet over if it does.  We have enough for several frozen cycles, and now this opens up the possibility of surrogacy, if we get to that point.  (We had written off surrogacy before because we’d always had such crappy embryos).

Anyways, we feel this is our best shot in our journey so far.  Please keep the prayers and good thoughts coming our way.  My first beta is tomorrow, but my RE won’t tell us the results until our second beta on Friday.  Like I said before, I probably will take a few days to post the results, no matter the outcome.

Also, if you have a few moments, please head over to Not Just a Beauty Blogger and give Nikol some love and support.  (You might remember her interview from a few weeks ago).  She was unable to go ahead with her transfer this week after her second IVF cycle.  That’s such a tough thing to experience so please send her prayers and good thoughts.

Now Onto the Link-Up… Here’s How It Works

  1. Use the blue “Click Here to Enter” link below to share your best infertility-related post from the last week or so. I’ve started things off by linking to my favorite post from this week
  2. Please remove any profanity from the title of your link-up submission.
  3. At the bottom of your post, please link back to my blog so others can find the link-up. You can use the button below, if you wish. A text link is fine, too.
  4. Please visit at least one other blog in the link-up and leave a comment there. This is so important because the goal of a link-up is to generate community!
AmateurNester



Spring Card Swap

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Last fall I organized my first Card Swap and had over 20 ladies participate.  The majority of the ladies wanted to do it again, and most people suggested we do it twice a year.  So… today I’m announcing the Spring Card Swap!  I’m hoping that we can have at least 50 ladies this time around!

The goal of the Card Swap is to match you up with another lady who needs some encouragement during her infertility journey.  Your job will be to send your match a card that encourages her and lets her know she’s not alone.  I made this a card swap (and not a gift swap) because I want it to be easy, affordable, and do-able for everyone.

If you’re new to the card swap, here’s how it works:

  1. Sign up using the form below.  It will remain open for two weeks.  Your information will only be given to the person you’re matched up with.
  2. I’ll match you up with your swap partner and you’ll receive an email from me with her info sometime during the week of April 13.
  3. Send a card to your swap partner no later than April 26.  Wait for your card to arrive in the mail!

That’s it!  Feel free to post any comments or questions in the comments below.  If you can’t see the sign-up form, you can access it via this link.